Exceptional Leadership

Exceptional Leadership : Lessons from the Founding Leaders

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America is best described by values of independence, freedom, and liberty. These values led our founding leaders to undertake revolution. America is American because being Americans each of us assimilates from birth these ideals and values. Americans intuitively assume that they have rights that no one-not their bosses or even government can take away. They see themselves as free enough to choose the kind of life they will live and able to move from where they are to anyplace else-both literally and metaphysically. American workers think they have the right to work or not to work according to their-the worker's-standards and values of what is appropriate. They grant their bosses fealty as a personal decision and not through compulsion. Of course, most Americans understand that work life entails some limits on personal freedom. But, importantly, the idea and the ideal of freedom are fundamentally present in their make-up. Figuratively, the sky is the only limit to our potential for personal and professional development. Workers expect these values to be honored in the workplace. When they are not, they expend energy in thwarting work systems to maximize their ability to do what their leader wants, but in their way.show more

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  • Hardback | 334 pages
  • 180.34 x 243.84 x 17.78mm | 1,065.94g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739184148
  • 9780739184141

About Gilbert W. Fairholm

Gilbert W. Fairholm is Emeritus Professor of Public Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University, and was Adjunct Professor of Management Systems, University of Richmond, and has served as Visiting Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College and Averett University. He was a Senior Fellow of the Center for Excellence in Municipal Management, GWU. Professor Fairholm has extensive background as a government executive serving as Administrator of State and Local Finance, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Deputy Administrative Director, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Deputy Director, New York State Office for Community Affairs, Principle Management Analyst, New York State Division of the Budget, and Director of Management Improvement, New York State Department of Transportation. He served for 4 years as City Manager in Layton, Utah. Gil has consulted extensively in government, university and business environments. He headed a university-based consultation service giving advice and policy guidance to top-level African local government officials; developed the first urban government structure in Northern Nigeria. He analyzed operations, decision systems, policy implementation, and personnel and financial relationships. He has significant experience consulting with Virginia state and local governments. Gil also developed policy proposals respecting community relations in urban renewal agencies in Philadelphia; prepared program budgeting system for all Puerto Rican cities. Much of this work has been developmental in nature, e.g. creating 3 university leadership programs; serving as first city manager in a new Council-Manager city; creating of a system of urban government forms for Northern Nigeria where none existed before; consolidating transportation-related functions in New York into a new department, defining its goals and describing its proposed structure and procedures and coordinating new program and systems developments. Professor Fairholm is the author of over 150 articles, reports and analyses. His 13 previous books are a direct result of his practical work, but reflect a theory-building, even a philosophical bent. They represent a culmination of his experience and personal growth in the field of leadership. All have found place in standard leadership bibliographies.show more

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A great deal has been written on the topic of American exceptionalism in recent years, yet Fairholm (emer., Virginia Commonwealth Univ.) carves out a distinctive study of what is exceptional about American leadership. Rather than offer a formal study of mechanics and techniques, Fairholm focuses instead on the values and principles of American leadership and how those things have contributed to the evolution of leadership across American history. What makes American leadership exceptional, according to Fairholm, is how the American founders built leadership principles around the values of human interaction, values that include natural rights, liberty for all, and individual independence. These principles are then reinforced by an American culture that is steeped in values, though Fairholm cautions that America has reached a crossroads regarding its principled commitments. The book's greatest strength and weakness is its extensive inclusion of primary source documents to illustrate the leadership values and principles of the past. The documents bring to life the arguments that Fairholm makes throughout the book... Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students. CHOICE Gil Fairholm offers a new understanding of American "exceptionalism" by looking at what makes American leadership exceptional in his new book. Grounding his study in the foundational documents of the country, Fairholm identifies the core principles and values that have made American leadership so important to peoples around the world seeking to create just, free, and equal societies for the past two centuries. Fairholm also gives today's leaders a roadmap for finding our way back to those principles and values as a way to reinvigorate leadership not only at the national level, but at the organizational and work group level as well. The book is a must-read for its insights into history, leadership theory, and-most importantly-leadership practice. -- Natalie K. Houghtby-Haddon, The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadershipshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Introduction: American Exceptional Leadership The Responsibilities of Both Leader and Led The Founding Documents and the Values and Principles Contained Therein About America Exceptionalism Chapter 2: Enduring Values That Made America American The Scope of Concern Natural rights Universal Human Equality Opportunity Facilitating Happiness Liberty and Independence Freedom Fairness Chapter 3: Enduring Principles of Leadership Action Leadership Principles Embedded in the Constitution Nurturing Unity-"We the People" Justice, Happiness and Peace-"establish justice, insure domestic tranquility" Defense-"provide for the common defense..." Facilitating Commerce-"promote the general welfare..." Individual Freedom and Independence-"the blessings of liberty..." Organizing Principles Embedded in the Preamble of the Constitution Consent of the Governed The Separation of Powers Checks and Balances3 Division of Powers and Responsibilities External Agency [Foreign] Entanglements Factional Negotiations and Compromise PART I: The Formative Years Introduction Chapter 4: America's Independent Spirit Yankee Doodle Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 5: Unity, The Albany Plan of Union, 1754 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 6: Inherent Rights to Property and Happiness The Virginia Bill of Rights, June 12, 1776 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 7: The Preeminence of Natural Rights July 4, 1776, The Unanimous Declaration Of The Thirteen United States Of America Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 8: Moral Leadership through Service The Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, 1786 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 9: Organizing for Union, Justice, and the General Welfare The Constitution of the United States The Bill of Rights Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders PART II: Development of a New Nation Introduction and Commentary The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 Federalist Paper No. 10 (1787-8) The United States Judiciary Act of 1789 George Washington's Farewell Address (1796) Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address (1803) The Star-Spangled Banner (1814) Chapter 10: Overcoming Internal Conflict Federalist #10 - The Size and Variety of the Union as a Check on Faction, Daily Advertiser, New York: New York. Thursday, November 22, 1787, James Madison Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 11: Finding Liberty via Organizational Leadership An Act to Establish The Judicial Courts Of The United States. 1789 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 12: Linking Religion, Morality, and Education to Leadership The Northwest Ordinance, July 13, .1787: An Ordinance for The Government Of The Territory Of The United States Northwest Of The River Ohio Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 13: Preserving Unity from Internal and External Rivalries George Washington's Farewell Address, 1796 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 14: Equal and Exact Justice to All Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address, 1801 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 15: Coordinating Leadership Under Law Marbury v. Madison, 1803 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 16: Leading with Courage, Liberty, and Continuity "The Star-Spangled Banner" - 1814 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders PART III: The Early National Period 1816-1855 Introduction and Commentary An Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807 The Monroe Doctrine (1823) Cherokee Nation v. Georgia (1831) "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (1831) Chapter 17: Prioritizing Freedom over Profit Act To Prohibit the Importation of Slaves 1807 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 18: Protecting Prosperity and Innate Freedoms Madison's War Message. June 1, 1812 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 19: Seeking Unity amid Diversity Report and Resolutions of the Hartford Convention Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 20: Leading toward the Future The Monroe Doctrine--Extracts From President Monroe's Seventh Annual Message To Congress. December 2, 1823 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 21: Balance in Leading Free and Independent People Fairly Cherokee Nation V. Georgia 1831 Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 22: Leadership is Changing Attitudes "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" Background and Provisions Implications for Leaders Chapter 23: American Leadership Has a Paper Trail Core Values That Still Inform American Leadership Human Rights Building Unity The Meaning of Equality Happiness Liberty and Independence Chapter 24: Principles Guiding Effective Human Relationships Exceptional Leadership Take Place in Interpersonal Relationships Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances Morality and Religion Freedom Wellbeing Negotiation and Compromise Extra-organizational Relations The Meaning of Justice Bibliography Founding Documents References Leadership Referencesshow more